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Member benefits

Our members receive our essential cover support, have access to exclusive benefits and can take advantage of many training opportunities.

Essential cover

Every one of our members has their own reason for joining the union, but they all receive all the benefits, help and support we can offer.

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Great benefits

Membership of UNISON comes with many benefits, from free training and access to legal services, death and accident benefits and support for your welfare

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Exclusive deals and offers

UNISON members are entitled to a range of exclusive deals and discounts that we have negotiated with a number of suppliers.

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  • How do I join UNISON?

    You can join by calling 0800 171 2194, going online or handing a completed application form to your branch representative.

    Visit the Joining UNISON section for more information.

  • How is my branch organised?

    Every member of UNISON belongs to a branch – usually local, but sometimes regional or national.

    This may be based around one employer, but the changing face of public services means they are likely represent members across a number of employers, in both the public and private sectors.

    Your branch will have a number of workplace stewards and health and safety reps who are there to support and advise you.

    The branch committee ensures all members have a say in how their branch is run.

    Read more about our organisation.

  • I have got a non-work problem – who do I contact?

    UNISON’s personal injury service covers any accident which happens to you and your family outside the workplace.

    Read more about help with issues at home.

  • What benefits do I get?

    Being a member of UNISON gives you a huge range of benefits, from legal and welfare services to financial help for education and training.

    Members also get discounts on a range of financial services plus special payments on death, accident or fatal accident.

    All this is on top of the benefit of being part of a million-strong group of colleagues speaking out to defend your rights, pay and terms and conditions at work.

    Members are entitled to most benefits from the day you join the union, with the exception of legal assistance and death or accident payments that require you to be a member for four weeks to qualify.

    Read more about the advantages of membership.